1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....
Chookyblue........

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Blocks.

This has been a crazy month for me, lots of happy things happening but also a very sad time with the loss of our nephew last week.
I had all my blocks prepared with only the stitching to do but just couldn't find the motivation until with the whip cracking over my head, I finally got stuck into them. I almost finished them last night, just a bit more stitching on the star blocks which will be completed today.
Here are a couple of photos :

My favourite  blocks are the pears, I satin stitched the stalk as blanket stitch didn't look as nice. 
Some lovely blocks being made, they all look so different depending what fabric is used.
Thank you to Chooky and Susan for your encouragement and time spent with the blog housekeeping.

Hugs till next time
Noela.


Promised Pictures of my March blocks

Here we go...can you spot the not?  Well I call the 'nots' a design feature, or my 'Amish' blocks. I guess when I played my stars I was a little too fuzzy eyed and placed them a wonky! LOL  Or was it the wine?  Ha...oh well I kind of like them, life has been a little wonky lately too so it's all good.
Nature's Journey
So I have been using Lynette Anderson's appliqué paper and her tools.  I love them!  They are my new best friends.  I wish my pictures would be a little more true to colour, they seem a little dark. 
Happy Stitching ladies.  And Happy Easter!  He has risen...He has risen indeed!

Marched On...


A couple of blips along the way (halt to any hand sewing for a week or so) but I'm declaring March blocks done...except the two spiky flower shape blocks which have been discontinued...I was having so much trouble even getting started on stitching those blocks...at sewing group on Monday when they were all that remained I forced myself to start by stitching the centre circles to the base shape...didn't mind that at all...quite happy about stitching the circles...OK, unit completed put on background...not so happy....a few stitches, put it down....a few more, put it down...not going well at all...back home...pick up, put down...slow and not steady...then yesterday it came to me...I don't like the spiky flower shape....not the stitching of pointy bits, the actual shape...the spikey harshness look and feel to the shape...it has to go...so I'm declaring March done and those two blocks are in the "to be changed to something else" pile with the small embroidered blocks from February...when all the blocks are done and laid out I'll decide which of the other shapes to repeat instead of the spikes...the blocks are quick so it won't be a stretch to make up those blocks later...

So as it stands...here is March...now on to April...so far I'm not disliking any of the shapes in the April blocks so that is a good start!

Happy Stitching...
Annette @ Jindi's Cottage

Chooky's NJ Progress..........

Yeah yeah I know you're all hassling me too..............well some more then others.................you know who you are..........it's a good thing...............
Colours were a big decision...............do I choose one or many..........I pulled out one of each of my colour piles of fabric and matched some threads........
So I am using 7 colours I think..............
I have a pile of blocks I am stitching at the moment................should be enough for Feb and Mar and maybe a extra one or two...........
I had been stalled on the blanket stitch...............the first 2 blocks were challenging to say the least but after that I got into a rhythm and I am loving it...............
I had tried a hoop after failing to start with but that was even more difficult........
how big are your stitches????..........mine go out about 1/4in out and are about the same length on the line.............loving the look of it..........
And I have one baby block finished but the rest will be done by easter................
well that's the big plan..........
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HUGE thanks to all the girls who have made an effort..........
we all need a push at times and that's why you joined up to the SAL......
and I know that is the only way I will get this quilt finished too........answering to you girls........
Chookyblue...........

It's still March 31 here in Canada! Yippee!

Phew...I did it!  With a few hours to spare.  I will post my pictures as soon as I get home from school this afternoon. This month has brought many challenges to our family so I had little time to stitch, but I did it and I am so proud of myself. 
As I was reading all of the posts I got worried about all the points on the stars but I really didn't have a problem with them...it was the flower!  Those darn tight curves almost did me in! LOL  I think it's all in the clipping?!  I'm using Lynette Anderson's applique paper and her tools...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!  They are my new best friend!  They made it a little easier and I know practice will make them perfect too.
Well Happy Stitching everyone!  And here's to April....nicer weather, and renewed health for all of us! Happy Easter too!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The final three


Just scrapped it in again here are my last three March blocks ....Have had fun catching up on a few shows while hand stitching :))

March Done and Dusted

There's nothing like leaving things to the last minute....well with nearly an hour and a half to spare.

We've just had 10 days away and I managed to finish the blanket stitching for March while we were away.  I even completed a couple of circles towards April - Bonus!

We returned home on Sunday afternoon, and after quickly unpacking it was applique time.  I was able to get them all finished that evening, thank goodness.



Once again, the fabrics were from my tiny scraps.  The darker of the large stars was from a charm square that had come on a jar of home made jam, so lots of different stories to go with it.



Thanks so much Chooky and Susan for keeping us on the straight and narrow.  Your whip cracking is really appreciated, as this is the only way that I will commit to completing a project of this scale.

Chooky, I do hope you find the time to get caught up.  I'd be scared of Susan's whip.

Cheers

Janice

Not there Yet

Oh girls, I am still not there yet but I am trying hard. Had a long phone conversation with Chooky last night ...had her on loud speaker ..... I was stitching... 2 and a half small blanket stitched circles during that conversation. 

 I thought I would get more done tonight but end of term school assessment has jumped in the way.  I call it "an affair with the red pen."


I have prepared the bases for the next lot though and selected my fabrics.  

One thing I am very pleased with is the new appliqué paper suggested to us by Lynette Anderson.
Her appliqué tools are also really helpful after you get a little practice with them. I am finally feeling that I can needle turn a very good circle. I won't say perfect yet..


This is where I am up to


Not quite finished

February finished 

The tools


The Circle

Great support for your appliqué shape and you don't have to remove it.. stays in the quilt 









Back to my chair, my favourite stitching place....bit of TV and nice cup of coffee..... Cheers everyone.








All done for March

I sat up last night finishing off my blocks and here they are




thanks Chooky for keeping us on the straight and narrow :)

NJ Part 1 finished

Hi all,

I started just a few days ago. I finished my first part this evening (we had our monthly patchwork meeting on sunday and I did a lot of sewing! :). I was having a lot of fun doing the stitching and applique. I love the blanket stitch, it's done so quickly. I was wondering if I should put a stabilizer on the fabric for the stitching. The yarn tugs at the fabric and pulls it a little bit together. Finally, I decided against it because I like the way the stitches are creating a 3D frame for the applique pieces.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Finished - just in time!

Hi Ladies,

Finished March blocks tonight.... with one day to spare... did these in two weeks with interruptions and the start of a new job.. so am pleased with myself.  Getting better with the applique all the time but still need to work on smoothing out my curves a little more.  Chooky can you please also mark me down for January as I did post a pic about my completed stitchery in my February post.  Ta


March Stitch Along Blocks Completed.


Yeah. March blocks completed, have been for past week but I just kept forgetting to post, so here we are at last.


Yours in Stitches 
Maxine

Alas.....

...my March blocks won't be finished on time :( ..... although I had every intention of getting them done as I am really enjoying this project it just isn't going to happen....
March became an extremely busy month at work with numerous deadlines having to be met  - one would think that coming home to sew would help but no.... I was too tense to even think about sewing.... weekends became busy as well mainly for family reasons - and so the month of March started to slip away..... on the positive side though, I did start as you can see.....

............ hopefully I should catch up again through April!

Am enjoying seeing what everyone else is up to - very inspiring!

Happy Stitching
Asta

March By 1 Day

One more block stitched while tending my parents garage sale on Saturday and the last 2 blocks done last night while watching the Aussie cricketers run it home. A press and a trim today and here are my blocks for March.



I'm a lot happier with my needle turn this month but there's still room for improvement.  Loving all the different colour combinations everyone has. Now to bind my grandson's quilt before starting April blocks.
Narelle ~  Pins and Whiskers

Missed by ...... that much?

With 1 day to go in March I am conceding I am not going to get there.... but I am making progress and the plan is to be back on track by the end of April! Will just have to try and dodge that whip until then....



As you can see, I have completed all the blanket stitch borders but have some applique to go.
Am loving reading all your posts and seeing your blocks!

And that's.....

.....a wrap for March blocks
Happy stitching,
                         Jeanette

March blocks completed

My March blocks are completed just in the nick of time ..... it has been a busy month here .... but I am enjoying stitching and making this project ... and all the others look fantastic too !!   Fiona H @ Peaceful Threads 


March is made......

It was almost finished last Tuesday.  Only one leaf on one pear left to stitch and I was set to crow from the rooftop that I was done.   It took till Friday to stitch the leaf and till today to take photos... how embarrassing is that!

I would have been done earlier but I caught a bug that laid me out for days.  Humm...  sounds like an excuse but it's true... honest.    I'm still 'off the boil' but hoping to be back in the stitching/blogging saddle tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.

Here are my little blocks.....


and the big ones.....




I love this project!    Have to wait patiently now for the next block to arrive from Aus.... when it comes I'll be ready for it.  

Hope you are all enjoying Natures Journey as much as I am.  
Keep stitching...
Hugs 
Josie

Done !

Here are my March blocks !!


Now I remember why I hate to appliqué points !!!

Going to stand in the naughty corner...

I had high hopes for March, I had all of my blocks prepared and ready to stitch in the first week; I ended up having flu for 2 weeks and couldn't even stitch :( I feel better now and hopefully will get these blocks stitched buy the end of next week. I can then prepare April's and catch up!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Susan Oh 2 Sew

I'm not finished my blocks for the month - I know that is not "leading by example" but I have had a busy time and some unexpected interruptions of a personal nature.  In all I've been away from home almost as much as at home...

I was able to do the outsides of the blocks - in fact I have enough for at least two months...back in February I tried the blanket stitching ...it was just wasn't me so I'm using chain stitch.  Today when I did get a chance to tackle the pears I tried needle turn - again it wasn't working for me.   I figure making a quilt should be fun & enjoyable and whilst I understand the need to challenge myself occasionally - this is not the time.

So, here is my progress and I will be back with the rest when I can - probably over or after Easter.


This doesn't stop me cracking the whip over the rest of you!!

January's stitchery

Just realised I hadn't posted my January finish which was Anni's free cute download. Cheryl

March blocks

Cutting it fine, but March blocks all done -

Cheryl

March Blocks...in March!



No whips for me this month....my blocks are done, and with a whole day to spare!



Things have been pretty hectic around here, and I must admit I was VERY late making a start on these. Some late night cutting and early morning stitching, and I was soon back on track....thank goodness I stuck with blanket stitch!

Now, to start on April before that month passes by in a blur ;)

TTFN
Susan
(aka suzitee)
www.stitchscrapsew.blogspot.com

Late......


Hi Girls !!!

I don't think I'll finish in time.
I wasn't feeling great the last few weeks and
that's why I couldn't start earlier.
But I'm beginning today on my March blocks!!!
And I'm in good company!!!


Arthur loves to be near me when I'm working
with my fabrics :-)
Will I finish in time????
We'll see!!!

Have a nice day!!!
Martine 




My February blocks done.

I have got my February blocks done.  And nearly have the March finished  So nearly back on track.  So many distractions with UFOs need to finish.  And so many new things to start.





















The fabric is Sweet Serenade by Basic Gray.  I'm loving the Colours. Can't wait to see it all together




Cheers Kez